Away from the busy city life, this beautiful National Park, is a great place to relax as tourists can experience nature at its best here. The Park was expanded in 1941 and adjoined with the Nagarhole National Park, which lies towards its northern side and with Wynad and Madumulai sanctuaries on the southern side. The entire area lies in the Indian Deccan Plateau and is hence shadowed by the Western Ghats. It constitutes the Nilgiri Biosphere, and has been a designated Tiger Reserve since 1973. The area has been blessed with a huge varying fauna, the presence of Deciduous and Evergreen forests to thick covers of Grassy Woodlands. This huge range has been able to provide varying animals with habitats required for their survival. The River Moyar, along with its two tributaries irritates the whole area and is the lifeline of the forests. The reserve also has a huge variety of animal, especially ones that are now considered endangered. Animals like the Tigers, sloth bears, Muggers, Elephants, Indian Rock Pythons, Four-horned Antelopes among many others. The reserve is the most accessible habitat of the Asiatic Elephant. Many birds such as the Peafowls, Indian vultures, Honey buzzards, Red headed Vultures, Flowerpeckers, Hoopoes, Brown fish Owls, Crested serpent Eagles. Reptiles like Vipers, Rat snakes, Monitor Lizards among others. Tress like Rosewood and Teak are abundant. The region is also very famous for the abundance of Sandalwood.